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Middle English, from Anglo-French temporel, from Latin temporalis, from tempor-, tempus time


b : of or relating to earthly life
c : lay or secular rather than clerical or sacred : civil <lords temporal>
  • 2: of or relating to grammatical tense or a distinction of time
  • 3a : of or relating to time as distinguished from space
b : of or relating to the sequence of time or to a particular time : chronological


In philosophy, temporality is traditionally the linear progression of past, present, and future. However, some modern-century philosophers have interpreted temporality in ways other than this linear manner. Examples would be McTaggart's The Unreality of Time, Husserl's analysis of internal time consciousness, Martin Heidegger's Being and Time (1927), George Herbert Mead's Philosophy of the Present (1932), and Jacques Derrida's criticisms of Husserl's analysis, as well as Nietzsche's eternal return of the same, though this latter pertains more to historicity, to which temporality gives rise.

In social sciences, temporality is also studied with respect to human's perception of time and the social organization of time.

See also